The Power of Poetry to Heal

Glenis Redmond discovered the Power of Poetry to Heal, 28 years ago, when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. 

In 1995 she founded the first Greenville Poetry Slam and took the first all-women’s team to Nationals. She is the founder of Peace Voices, a poetry program dedicated to poetry outreach and engagement in the community through the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, SC. She has written numerous poetry books and won many awards.  

In 2019 Glenis was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. She has gone through a very difficult year of chemotherapy and a Stem Cell transplant. She is now rebuilding her immune system and doing much better.  

In our conversation, Glenis talks about how poetry has been a healing force in her life, both through illness and racism. She shares how she has viewed illness as a gift that has allowed her to refocus and also shift into a deeper way of living.  

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